Hillary May Not be a Blessing but Trump Could be Disastrous for H1B Indian Workers

Venkata Kondubhatla

Washington DC: When it comes to H1B visas, Hillary may not be a blessing for Indian workers, but Trump could prove to be disastrous. Though both the candidates haven’t made their stances clear yet, Trump puts more emphasis on hiring American workers first before welcoming H1B workers.

Trump hasn’t repeated anything near to or as strong as ending the H1B visa, recently, but in March, he said, “it’s unfair for our workers and we should end it.”

The republican nominee has lately brought to the fore the immigration issue with the radical shift in his policy. Though he didn’t say anything specific about the H1B visa, his immigration policy overall seems to be a bad news for the foreign workers.

Trump’s recent strong words though were more to do with the illegal immigrants in America. He said as a president he would deport all the illegal immigrants and bring back “the good ones.” When asked what he would do if the immigrants had no place to return, he reiterated, “They have to go.”  

However, when it comes to H1B visa, one debate is whether the incoming president would increase the visa cap. At present, there are about 85,000 visas– with 20,000 reserved for candidates with advanced degrees in America — available annually for the skilled workers. With growing demand, there was a bill introduced in 2015 to increase the cap to 195,000.

Clinton supports the bill and says that the increase would push the technology development forward in the country. At the same time, she expresses the need for being able to employ Americans. She is pressured by the technology companies to increase the cap.There is a chance that she would approve the bill with some limitations on the cap. The prior increases in the cap were during the Bill Clinton’s presidency.

In the case of Trump, it is unclear whether he supports the bill, but he had certainly expressed his concerns about the collapsing wages, especially in the technology sector,because of the H1B visas.

Trump says,“We graduate two times more Americans with STEM degrees each year than find STEM jobs, yet as much as two-thirds of entry-level hiring for IT jobs is accomplished through the H1B program.” He wants to increase the H1B wages by putting an income requirement on the visa, so that the companies see no profit in hiring H1B candidates and rather go for Americans first. 

Trump argues that with 92 million Americans outside the workforce and incomes collapsing, we need companies to hire from the domestic pool of unemployed. 

4 Responses

  1. joe says:

    We should end the H-1B abuse of these tech companies from India. This all comes at the expense of American Workers. It is all about the huge dollar difference in labor costs between the two countries. Who would of ever guessed the US would allow 800,000 H-1B workers in America and putting American workers on the unemployment line. What a joke!

    • I lo says:

      Agree, but I think the number of h1b are approx 2.5 million. 470,000 x 6 yrs. also Obama granted full work visas to spouses of h1b

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